I am running Windows 7 32-bit on an old laptop with an onboard parallel port. I have an Okidata Microline 320 printer connected to that port; the printer has been tested to work fine when printing from a Winterm in emulation mode.
The ML320 driver that ships with W7 is outputting garbage when I attempt to print (I have tried from Notepad and from Word 2010). In an effort to troubleshoot this, I tried running various commands from
cmd, such as
echo hello > lpt1 and
echo.>lpt1, neither of which did anything.
If I type simply
lpt1, the "choose a program to open this file" dialog comes up, but telling it to open with Notepad does nothing.
print lpt1 returns the expected
Can't find file lpt1 to stdout.
Any ideas as to why this isn't working?